UiPath ist ein in Rumänien gegründetes US-amerikanisches Softwareunternehmen mit Hauptsitz in New York, das eine Plattform für die Robotic process automation (RPA oder RPAAI) für Geschäftskunden betreibt. Hierbei werden Prozesse durch sogenannte Softwareroboter (Bots) erlernt und automatisiert ausgeführt.
UiPath wurde im Jahr 2005 von den rumänischen Unternehmern Daniel Dines und Marius Tîrcă gegründet. Das Unternehmen startete in Bukarest und eröffnete später Niederlassungen in London, New York City, Bangalore, Paris, Singapur, Washington, D.C. und Tokio. Im Jahr 2017 verlegte UiPath seinen Hauptsitz nach New York, um näher an seinem internationalen Kundenstamm zu sein. Im Jahr 2016 hatte das Unternehmen 100 Kunden, die 2017 auf 700 Kunden anstiegen. 2018 wurde es ein Einhorn und überschritt einen Firmenwert von einer Milliarde US-Dollar. Im Jahr 2019 überschritt UiPath die Marke von 5.000 Kunden weltweit.
Nach mehreren Finanzierungsrunden durch Wagniskapitalgeber wurde der Firmenwert im Februar 2020 auf über 35 Milliarden US-Dollar bewertet. Am 17. Dezember 2020 berichtete Bloomberg, dass UiPath vertraulich einen Antrag auf einen Börsengang (IPO) gestellt hat. Im April 2021 erfolgte der Börsengang an der New York Stock Exchange.
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UiPath is a global software company for robotic process automation (RPA) founded in Romania by Daniel Dines and Marius Tîrcă and headquartered in New York City. The company's software monitors user activity to automate repetitive front and back office tasks, including those performed using other business software such as customer relationship management or enterprise resource planning (ERP) software.
In December 2020, the company filed confidentially for an initial public offering, and became public on April 21, 2021.
In 2013, the company released the first UiPath Desktop Automation product line, which gave companies RPA tools to automate manual and repetitive back office tasks.
In 2015, the company changed its name to UiPath. Also in 2015, after receiving seed funding from Accel Partners and earlier investors, the company opened offices in London, New York City, Bangalore, Paris, Singapore, Washington, D.C., and Tokyo.
By April 2016, the company had released its Front Office and Back Office Server suites, and also released its Studio Community Edition. Within six months, the company had 10,000 active members, and more than 250 enterprise customers.
In 2017, UiPath reported 590 employees and moved its headquarters to New York to be closer to its international customer base.
In June 2019 research firm Gartner announced that from 2017 to 2018 UiPath moved from #5 to #1 in RPA market share. In September, UiPath was ranked #3 on the Forbes Cloud 100. The company was the featured cover story of the September 30, 2019 Forbes print edition with UiPath CEO Daniel Dines called "Boss of the Bots."
In October 2019, UiPath announced the acquisition of Ukrainian process documentation company StepShot and Dutch process mining company ProcessGold. Also in October, the company announced UiPath Explorer, a new product using technology from the acquired companies; a robot communication tool called UiPath Apps; a low code robot programming tool called UiPath StudioX; an embedded analytics tool called UiPath Insights; and UiPath Connect, a tool that allowed every employee to find new processes to automate.
In November of the same year, the company reported it had 5,000 customers worldwide, and a developer community of more than 500,000 people. In November, the company was ranked first in the Deloitte Technology Fast 500.
In April 2020, UiPath was named the top tech company and #2 overall in the Financial Times FT1000 ranking of Americas' fastest growing companies 2020. In June, UiPath was named to the CNBC 2020 Disruptor 50 ranking. In September, UiPath was ranked #3 on the Forbes Cloud 100 list for the second consecutive year. On December 17, Bloomberg reported that UiPath filed confidentially for an initial public offering (IPO).
UiPath develops software to automate repetitive digital tasks normally performed by people. The technology combines emulating how humans read computer screens (AI Computer Vision) with APIs, and gives users access to prebuilt automation components that can be combined to automate routine processes. Its earlier products simplified tasks performed using other business software such as CRM or ERP systems, in internal and back-office areas like accounting, human resources paperwork, and claims processing. Newer applications for the company's software include coordinating with artificial intelligence systems to simplify repetitive front office tasks including customer management.
UiPath's main product is the UiPath Automation Platform. The platform combines a family of low-code visual integrated development environment (IDE) products called Studio for process creation, with client-side agents called Robots that execute those processes. The processes are deployed, monitored and managed remotely with a central management tool called Orchestrator.
Additional available software includes:
- UIPath AI Center (previously AI Fabric) - orchestrates and inserts AI into business processes.
- UiPath Action Center (previously UiPath Apps) - a communication tool for instances where robots need to connect with humans for direction, described by the company as “human in the loop.”
- UiPath Assistant - a launchpad for automations that a company provides to its computer workers. It sits on the computer desktop and gives people easy access to selected automations that help them with their day-to-day tasks.
- UiPath Automation Hub (previously UiPath Connect Enterprise) - a tool allows every employee at an organization to help find, suggest and track new processes to automate.
- UiPath Document Understanding - software that extracts, interprets and processes data from PDFs, images, handwriting and other communication media.
- UiPath Insights - a modular data dashboard that provides analytics for UiPath's automated processes.
- UiPath Process Mining (previously ProcessGold) - a tool that uncovers new automation opportunities by analyzing application logs.
- UiPath StudioX - a platform with simplified coding that allows workers to build their own robots to simplify their own work.
- UiPath Test Suite - automates and centralizes testing to ensure the quality of every automation and application before they go live.
UiPath also hosts the UiPath Academy, to provide job training and certification in the field of Robotic Process Automation.
UIPath Funding in millions of $ USD:
|When||Funding Raised||Valuation||Who and notes|
|August 2015||US$1.6 million||.||UiPath closed an initial seed funding round led by the Earlybird Venture Capital, with Credo Ventures and Seedcamp as backers.|
|April 2017||$30 million investment||.||One of the biggest Series A rounds of funding in Europe, led by Accel. Previous investors Earlybird Venture Capital, Credo Ventures and Seedcamp also joined.|
|March 6, 2018||$153 million investment||$1.1 billion||from Accel, CapitalG, and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.|
|September 18, 2018||$225 million||$3 billion valuation||Funding round led by CapitalG and Sequoia Capital.|
|April 30, 2019||$568 million||$7 billion (claimed by the company after the funding round)||Series D round of funding led by hedge fund Coatue Management, with participation from Alphabet’s CapitalG, Sequoia, Accel, Madrona Venture Group, IVP, Dragoneer, Wellington, Sands Capital, and funds advised by T. Rowe Price & Associates.|
|July 13, 2020||$225 Million||$10.2 Billion.||.|
|December 17, 2020||.||.||UiPath filed a confidential draft registration statement with the United States Security and Exchange Commission for an initial public offering.|
|February 1st, 2021||$750 million||$35 billion (post-money valuation)||Series F funding.|
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